6700′ elevation gain
4-5 serviced stops
Starting seaside at Pillar Point Harbor, the Presidential route will travel south before taking on the short climb of Higgins Canyon Road after just 6 miles.
After gradually rolling your way back toward the Pacific Ocean the next major challenge begins with the climb up Tunitas Creek. This twisty 5.6mi (9km) climb ascends more than 450 meters (1500 ft) before reaching Skyline Blvd.
You’ll only have about 5km (3 miles) between the end of the descent and the start of a classic South Bay climb up Old La Honda Road. This 5km climb gains more than 1200 feet of elevation as it makes its way back up to Skyline Blvd, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views from the ridgeline all the way to Alpine Road.
With almost all the climbing for the stage completed, you will turn toward the Pacific Ocean and start the twisting and exhilarating descent through La Honda and to San Gregorio. On historic Route 1, enjoy a very gradual – but much appreciated – downhill run back to the finish in Half Moon Bay.